Rain at dawn may have reduced the number of classic cars in the parade, but the skies quickly cleared and the 2019 Lebanon Route 66 Festival drew at least as many people Saturday as last year, Loretta Young, the festival’s general chairman, said as the event wrapped up.
“Our crowd was every bit as good as last year,” Young said, referring to the estimated 2,500 who attended last year. “Our crowd was up despite the very early-morning rain and forecast.”
Young noted that the festival had twice as many crafters this year, “and all of them were very pleased with their sales and want to come back next year.”
The Bucket Band, which had the stage all day for its ’60s and early ’70s Top 40 music, was a big hit with those attending. “I heard over and over about the band and that they want it to come back,” Young said.
Unlike in recent years, when the crowd began thinning out in the early afternoon, “people didn’t want to leave” when the festival ended at 2 p.m., she said, adding that some remained to watch the stage be torn down.
Young said the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society, which hosts the festival in partnership with the Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department, is grateful that Lebanon has “local people and businessmen who step up (with donations) and let this be a free event for the community.”
Here are photos of various festival events Saturday at Boswell Park.